Old words never die; they just wend their way to their just deserts. December 29, 2013 11:36 AMSubscribe
12 Old Words that Survived by Getting Fossilized in Idioms. We generally know what the idioms we use every day mean, but do we give much thought to the individual words that make them up, or why we rarely, if ever, see some of them out of that context? Maybe they're just plain outdated. Elsewhere on the Internet, a Washington Post blogger doesn't even like using idioms with outdated meanings, even if they're made up of relatively modern words.